Icon Series

A series of Innovation Conversations (Icon) across the US designed to create new cancer solutions.

Coming up next: Icon Spring Summit: Transportation and End of Life Gaps in Care. Register Now!

March 25, 2022 10am-2:30pm CST • Virtual • Register Now

Let Your Voice Shape the Future of Cancer Care

Icon Summit offers a chance to influence future funding focus and solutions for Livestrong. Join the conversation as we address gaps and challenges in transportation and end of life care. In addition we will be announcing our 2022 Solution Grant Recipients for our Mental Health and Nutrition funding focuses.

Network and engage with some of the most innovative & knowledgeable experts in their fields. Speakers include technology leaders, brilliant artists, advocates, and survivors and caregivers living with cancer today. Come for one session or all of them. We promise you will leave inspired, hopeful, and ready to innovate!

Start Time End Time Segment Speaker/Moderator
10:00am CT 10:05am CT Introduction Suzanne Stone
10:05am CT 10:20am CT Transportation-Patient Gaps Example Wenora Johnson
10:20am CT 10:50am CT Transportation-Group Gaps Discussion KK McCaslin
10:50am CT 11:20am CT Transportation-Solutions Brainstorm KK McCaslin
11:20am CT 11:35am CT Transportation-Organizational Solution Example John Salmon
11:35am CT 12:00pm CT BREAK
12:00pm CT 12:15pm CT Livestrong Solutions Grants 2022 Winners Stan Golub
12:15pm CT 12:30pm CT End of Life Care-Provider Experience Example Dr. Elizabeth Kvale
12:30pm CT 1:00pm CT End of Life Care-Group Gaps Discussion KK McCaslin
1:00pm CT 1:30pm CT End of Life Care-Solutions Brainstorm KK McCaslin
1:30pm CT 2:00pm CT End of Life Care-Caregiver Solution Example Dr. Jessica Zitter
2:00pm CT 2:30pm CT Screening: Caregiver: A Love Story & Q&A Session Dr. Jessica Zitter

Featured Speakers at Icon Spring Summit 2022

Wenora Johnson

A three-time Cancer survivor (Colorectal, Endometrial and Basel Cell Carcinoma), Volunteer Research/Patient Advocate and Navy Veteran.

As a volunteer with various organizations, she shares her understanding of policy; research; genetic testing; hereditary cancer; patient engagement and clinical trials with patients and the healthcare community.

Being a Lynch Syndrome patient, Wenora advocates for genetic testing and awareness. She serves on various panels and review boards to provide extensive feedback on her role as a patient and research advocate with organizations such as CAP (College of American Pathologist); Clinical Trials Curator for Fight CRC; FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) Research Advocate, Peer Navigator and Board Member; a Consumer Reviewer for the DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program; a PCORI Ambassador and Clinical Trials Panel Member; IRB for local community hospital; NRG Oncology Patient Advocate Committee Member and the AACR Scientist~Survivor Program - presenting a poster on financial toxicities and disparities among minority patients and a National Quality Forum (NQF) Cancer Standing Committee Member. She has written various patient advocate blogs and participated as a guest speaker/panelist.

Wenora works in administration in the greater Chicagoland area and enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

John Salmon

John has been a practicing pathologist in Lynchburg, VA for almost twenty years and is driven by the understanding that health is more about the health of the community than the delivery of healthcare. He created MoveUP with the goal of unifying transportation – the number one community health need – onto a single platform, enabling everyone to better access whatever it is that they want or need.

Stan Golub

An avid fly-fisher whose family has been deeply touched by cancer, Stan Golub has served as Executive Director of Reel Recovery since its inception. Prior to joining Reel Recovery, Stan served as Associate Director of Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization with a mission similar to Reel Recovery’s, serving women with breast cancer. Prior to entering the non-profit arena, Stan was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a healthcare software company. Stan has an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, and brings twenty years of diverse executive management experience to Reel Recovery.

Dr. Elizabeth Kvale

Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., MSPH, is the director of the Supportive Care and Survivorship Program and medical director of the cancer treatment program at Livestrong Cancer Institutes. She is leading the team implementing the CaLM model of clinical care.

Kvale is also an associate professor of medicine at Dell Medical School and the section chief of palliative care. She is responsible for building the program of research in palliative medicine and developing training programs for future health care professionals, including a new palliative care fellowship.

Prior to joining Dell Medical School, Kvale built an innovative supportive care program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that was singled out as a model program by the Center to Advance Palliative Care. Kvale’s research programs have also focused on developing novel models of delivering health care to people living with serious illness. She led the palliative core in the successful PatientCareConnect CMS Innovation program noted to “improve end-of-life quality, reduce utilization and spending” in Health Affairs (2017). She was also a founding medical director for the national home-based palliative care company Aspire Health and remains committed to developing the role of market forces in the dissemination of high-quality care to people living with serious illness.

Dr. Jessica Zitter

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine, and practices at a public hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. Her work is featured in the Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary, Extremis, as well as her new film, Caregiver: A Love Story. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of dying in America.

We will be screen Dr. Zitter’s short film, Caregiver: A Love Story. Following the screening, Dr. Zitter will be available to answer questions!

Kathryn K. McCaslin

KK serves as the lead for Livestrong’s cancer survivorship activities primarily focused on the delivery of direct services and community programs, stakeholder engagement, and strategic evaluation. With the goal of solving everyday cancer problems today, KK determines how Livestrong can provide resources and services to fulfill the practical needs of individuals and communities impacted by cancer.

This isn't a conference, it's a conversation. Join us!


Why Innovation Conversations?

INNOVATION - At Livestrong, we are about finding solutions and we believe that the best solutions are created when you bring together people with deep knowledge of the problem, give them a space to imagine bigger, and connect them with generous disrupters. At Icon we bring together the survivor experience and some of the most disruptive and energetic minds working in all facets of the cancer space to create powerful solutions.

CONVERSATIONS – To find the right solutions, we have to understand the problem. And to understand the problem, we have to listen to a variety of perspectives and experiences. At Icon you will hear from tech startups building new technology, non-profits filling gaps in local communities in new ways, and impact investors changing the way we fund these solutions. But this isn’t just a panel of speakers talking about what they are doing. These are conversations with you – small breakout sessions centered on listening and idea sharing to solve cancer problems which simply don’t deserve to exist.

Learn from the best and brightest

Keynote Speakers and Breakout Session Facilitators will include technology leaders, brilliant medical minds, impact investors, and survivors and caregivers living with cancer today.

Small Group Breakout Sessions: Share your perspectives and grow your network

We know that when we work together, incredible things can happen. That's why the event will facilitate opportunities to network with other system-disruptors in a small group setting. You'll have the option to share your contact information to keep the conversations going! There are small group sessions at both virtual and in-person Icon Events.

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